It’s rare to find a car these days which won’t do 100mph not that you are actually allowed to drive this fast, unless you are fixing yourself up for a trip on the German autobahns.

But if you were planning this journey you wouldn’t take a Toyota Aygo. No this is a car which is one for the town and city not for the long journey.

While it is a so called four-seater the people in the back would have to be rather small because the space is tiny. On the other hand if you are on the hunt for parking then the Aygo is the car for you. It’s just great.

The Aygo is part of a family which includes the Peugeot 108 and the Citroen C1. It is built on the same chassis but the Aygo is without doubt the more eye catching model.

There is only just one engine – a nippy 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol but there is a three or five-door model, six trim levels and as it is these days a host of colour combinations to choose from.

The top of the range will set you back around £13,000 but you will easily get 70 miles to the gallon. That giddy top speed I was speaking about is 99mph and 0-60mph is reached in 13 seconds.

It is perhaps just a tad short of power, which means you have to work the engine hard with plenty of gear changes even up the smallest of hills.

But when you have to go out on the motorway it’s pretty good when you are up to speed and the new model has an improved suspension, which means a better ride than on the older model. However with the small engine it can be a bit noisy.

Steering is good and the car appears well weighted so you can throw it about whenever necessary. The gearbox takes a bit of getting used to when you are making sure you are in the right gear. I actually had difficulty getting into first a couple of times with one or horns behind me telling me I wasn’t doing a proper enough job.

All the dashboard stuff is within easy reach; well inside the cabin you haven’t got far to go anywhere have you?

Temperature and ventilation controls are simple to use and the Aygo's tall windows and narrow pillars front and back provide excellent visibility.

Entry-level Aygos don’t give you any touchscreen equipment with just a two-speaker audio system with AM/FM radio and USB/Aux connectivity.

The X-Play adds Toyota’s 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth, a DAB radio and a reversing camera.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available as an option on the limited-edition X-Press trim and standard on X-Cite and X-Clusiv models.

X-plore is the only trim to get sat-nav as standard; it’s an option on all other models apart from entry-level X.

A rear-view camera is standard from X-Play trim, while rear parking sensors are available as part of an optional pack on all but entry-level X cars.

The mobile phone connection via Bluetooth is pretty easy.

There are good-sized door pockets, plus a large cubby hole incorporating two cup holders in front of the gearlever. Rear seats split 50/50 and fold down almost flat. The 168 litre boot will take three or four shopping bags.

There are CO2 emissions of 93g/km which means you’ll have to pay £125 in road tax in the first year of ownership and the standard £140 in each consecutive year.

Toyota models have a five-year, 100,000-mile warranty, with no mileage limit for the first year plus a 12-year anti-corrosion and perforation warranty, as well as a three-year paintwork and surface rust warranty.